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Things I Want My Daughters to Know: A Novel Paperback – January 20, 2009
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What Noble does extremely well, though, is develop believable characters. In each of the daughters I could see shades of myself and how I dealt with the grief of losing my own mom. Lisa, the oldest, is "too strong for her own good" and afraid to let anyone love her. Jennifer, "proud and intent on emotional independence," strangles herself in love relationships that have long run their course. Amanda, the free spirit, uses travel as a means of escaping the real world. And Hannah, the teen who loses her mother far too soon, struggles to become a woman without her maternal role model to guide her.
In summation, "Things I Want My Daughters to Know" is a good book to pass a lazy afternoon, but it's not one I'd put on my list of all-time favorites.
The book opens on the day of Barbara's funeral, and so the reader gets to know Barbara only through her writings. The story is told from varying perspectives in turn, including that of Mark in addition to each daughter. Initially, everyone seems to be coping as well as can be expected with Barbara's death (which was anticipated, after all) but it doesn't take long for the delicate surface to begin to give way. Each daugther must wrestle with her own demons, negotiating her own way without her beloved mother for advice and support. Eventually--and with the help of Mark, who plays a crucial role--the family is able to survive their various conflicts and emerge on the dawn side of grief. In the end, the message of this book is a simple one, if a somewhat cliched one: that love conquers all, whether it is a mother's love for her daughters, the love between sisters, or the romantic love that binds two people together forever. Overall, a worthwhile read.
If you're looking for a quick read that will make you want to call your mom immediately, this book is it. Several scenes are powerful, including one in which the mother reflects on the four days she gave birth to them. The letters written from Barbara, the mother, are often reflective and more honest than she had been with her daughters previously.
I took issue with this: Though the book is emotional, it feel extremely plot-driven, and much of the interior monologue feels contrived. Every character, in the span of a year after Barbara's death, goes through some extreme incident. In the pages of the book, you're given death of a central character (to start off with), a marriage proposal, a car accident, an affair, a horrible marriage turned good again, a surprise about the true paternity of one of the daughters, a drunken argument that stops communication for a few months, a pregnancy, and a new boyfriend for one of the daughters who just happens to fit in perfectly and fall in love with her immediately. And somehow, after everything, the entire book wraps up perfectly in the end, with everyone feeling somehow resolved about what has happened since the death of Barbara.Read more ›
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I love it... I cried and laughed and was sad when I was reading the last page....Published 10 months ago by Amanda Bailey
"Then Amanda held out both hands to Jennifer and Hannah. Hannah grabbed onto Lisa, and Lisa gave her other hand to Amanda."??? Read morePublished 17 months ago by Leigh West
This was a great read and I found it hard to put it down. Great story about sensitive issues that was very well written.Published 18 months ago by Jan Ingram
Having two daughter's myself I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I don't, however, agree with some of the decisions Barbara made.Published 23 months ago by Barb
If you have grown daughters this book is very touching. A very enjoyable read! It was different from other books I normally read.Published 24 months ago by vicki
I was researching this title to see if it already exist because I am considering writing a book something like this! I though it was really outstanding! Read morePublished on June 1, 2013 by Stephanie Upton
As a mother of three daughters I related to many of the stories. Also, gave me thoughts that I should keep in mind as I grow older.Published on March 11, 2013 by readreadread
Despite having read three of Elizabeth Noble's earlier novels and having had two titles sitting on my bookshelves for a few years this is the first time I have read one, since I... Read morePublished on December 14, 2012 by LindyLouMac